Team

We are a multi-talented, diverse background and innovative team, who develop high value- propositioned solutions to complex technical problems from various disciplines. We develop the required mathematics to describe physical phenomena by combining optics, photonics, imaging, and lab-on-a-chip technologies. We are also capable of developing practical products to enable these mathematical models with engineering, algorithm and software development.
Our strong background in engineering, product development, project management, business development, sales, and marketing enable them to create positive synergy.
Umit Kaya
Umit holds a BS in Engineering and an MS in Computer Science. Umit has been delivering technology innovations for 17 years. His servant leader characteristic comes from his Scrum Master experience. Before Kaia was asked to deliver a pressure measurement technique for microfluidics by Colorado School of Mines Petroleum Engineering Department Umit had served for the University of Colorado Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center for over 3 years as the Technology Solution Manager. He strengthened the business processes and supported critical business strategies by identifying and assessing potential technology solutions. The Center was known with new technology adoption successes and one of the technology adoptions was microfluidic technology as an emerging clinical tool to evaluate thrombosis and hemostasis.
He was one of the founder members at the Development & Informatics Service Center (DISC) at University of Colorado Health Science Center. The DISC provided system analysis, technology consulting & integration, custom design technology development projects with the particular needs of health sciences researchers.
He had started two other successful businesses before Kaia. He was accepted and completed both SBDC-Boulder Tech Venture Accelerator and SBA Emerging Leaders Programs. These initiatives were practical, hands-on versions of MBA and focused on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.
Akin Koksal
Akin is a passionate, dauntless entrepreneur and a technology-focused Lead Engineer with a rich blend of leadership, business, and technical expertise. He has a proven ability in designing, developing, and fabricating high quality translational high pressure and high-temperature testing products. He has 20 years of pushing beyond conventional thinking to lead “winning” ideas to completion and intensive experience in R&D, developing cutting-edge technology test devices for the energy industry and excels in innovative manufacturing techniques.
He has completed numerous products that had successful entries to the market which include fluid and rock testing products. He leads the engineering and product design while defining organizations’ technical vision and strategy, create technology roadmaps and provide continuous direction on core technology development, deployment, implementation, and supporting technology operations.
He is an R&D leader, that assess and prioritize the company’s R&D objectives and execute improvements to R&D processes for faster development cycles, while maintaining innovation, and high standards of product development. He drives process improvement and efficiency in all aspects of technology operations while improving internal policy, procedures, and innovative vehicles to enhance technology transfer.
He is an inventor of five patents that successfully turned from ideas into tangible products and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Glenn Williams
Dr. Williams has 27 years of experience in modeling and simulation. Application areas include multiphase subsurface fluid flow, biomolecular modeling, systems biology modeling, quantitative systems pharmacology modeling, image analysis, and general predictive modeling. He has two issued U.S. patents regarding his work in predictive input-response modeling. He has the experience we need to complete our algorithm development and implementation approach. He will aid in developing the algorithms for the numerical analysis to process the experimental data with the computational software in modeling and simulation for multiphase fluid flow, image analysis. We have already worked with him in the previous projects and had satisfactory results
Andrew Fahrland
Mr. Fahrland has been consulting scientist for a variety of instrument design companies to bring novel optical and laser-based instrumentation to market. He participated in the full development cycle of new products, from initial modeling and prototyping, laboratory testing, refinement, design for manufacture, software development, test automation, and product release.
Jean Berthold
Ms. Berthold is an award-winning Entrepreneur and Marketing executive with 20+ years of experience in providing advanced spectroscopy instrumentation to Engineers & Scientists in the Oil & Gas & Natural Gas exploration. She established a track record of breakthrough results and dramatic turnarounds for sales, marketing & operations management in Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Semiconductor and Pharmaceutical sectors. Her experience and industry contacts will assist Kaia Corp. in staffing the commercialization team.
Tyler Bigham
Mr. Bigham works with small and large companies to provide professional mechanical and manufacturing engineering solutions, focusing on design, prototyping, development of products, and cost reducing design improvements, through the manufacture of finished products.
Dr. Elham Parsa
Dr. Parsa researches the effects of nano-confinement on hydrocarbon behavior in unconventional reservoirs.

Jim Thorson is Principal of Free Radical Ventures in Denver, CO, and is concurrently a founding partner of Pronghorn Operating, LLC, a private, Denver-based oil and gas operator. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysical Engineering magna cum laude from the Colorado School of Mines.
Jim spent 12 years with Shell Oil in Houston and New Orleans in exploration, development, and applied technology roles. After returning to Denver, Jim joined and then founded and grew firms focused on exploration prospect and play generation and execution in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore unconventional plays. Jim has been advising us for business development and investor relations.
Steve Leeds
Mr. Leeds is the founder of Leeds Group, a cooperative marketing company employed by several technology providers in the upstream oil and gas technology industry to assist with advertising, marketing, and sales. Earlier in his career, he had started a small regional laboratory, Precision Core Analysis, providing core analysis services to oil and gas operators throughout the Rocky Mountain region. After 10 years of operations, the company was acquired by an industry leading company, Core Laboratories and he became Business Development Vice President. Mr. Leeds is our business advisor.
Dr. Erdal OZKAN
Dr. Ozkan is one of our scientific advisors. Currently, he is a professor and chair of Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines. With 25 years of involvement in the field, he is currently the co-director of a reservoir engineering research center (MCERS) funded by US and international oil and natural gas companies. His main research interests are horizontal and multilateral well technology, pressure-transient analysis, modeling fluid flow in porous media, and unconventional reservoirs. Authored and co-authored over 100 technical papers and a few technical books; Dr. Ozkan’s work on horizontal and multilateral wells and pressure-transient analysis are among standard references.
Colorado School of Mines is our strong collaborator. Our pressure measurement method for microfluidics collaboration was awarded STTR Phase 1 Grant by the US Department of Energy. Both the Petroleum Engineering and Physics Departments are involved in the venture. They housed and tested our prototypes in our previous projects; provided us access to their labs.

Jim Thorson is Principal of Free Radical Ventures in Denver, CO, and is concurrently a founding partner of Pronghorn Operating, LLC, a private, Denver-based oil and gas operator.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysical Engineering magna cum laude from the Colorado School of Mines.
Jim spent 12 years with Shell Oil in Houston and New Orleans in exploration, development, and applied technology roles. After returning to Denver, Jim joined and then founded and grew firms focused on exploration prospect and play generation and execution in the Gulf of Mexico and onshore unconventional plays.
Jim has been advising us for business development and investor relations.

Steve Leeds
Mr. Leeds is the founder of Leeds Group, a cooperative marketing company employed by several technology providers in the upstream oil and gas technology industry to assist with advertising, marketing, and sales. Earlier in his career, he had started a small regional laboratory, Precision Core Analysis, providing core analysis services to oil and gas operators throughout the Rocky Mountain region. After 10 years of operations, the company was acquired by an industry leading company, Core Laboratories and he became Business Development Vice President. Mr. Leeds is our business advisor.
Dr. Erdal OZKAN
Dr. Ozkan is one of our scientific advisors. Currently, he is a professor and chair of Petroleum Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines. With 25 years of involvement in the field, he is currently the co-director of a reservoir engineering research center (MCERS) funded by US and international oil and natural gas companies. His main research interests are horizontal and multilateral well technology, pressure-transient analysis, modeling fluid flow in porous media, and unconventional reservoirs. Authored and co-authored over 100 technical papers and a few technical books; Dr. Ozkan’s work on horizontal and multilateral wells and pressure-transient analysis are among standard references.
Colorado School of Mines is our strong collaborator. Our pressure measurement method for microfluidics collaboration was awarded STTR Phase 1 Grant by the US Department of Energy. Both the Petroleum Engineering and Physics Departments are involved in the venture. They housed and tested our prototypes in our previous projects; provided us access to their labs.